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I have a Maytag Series Twelve Model S -59 gallons HRE11250S Hot water heater that-I think needs a new element- When I turn the water on to hot-it comes out cold for a few minutes then real warm. We needed to turn our main water off for a few minutes last night, so I think this may have caused the problem. I do not know how to check to see which element needs to be changed.

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It appears your element has failed in this instance.

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